Archive for July, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Blue Water Classic

an alternative name for the Sydney-to-Hobart annual race run since 1945 on December 26 from Sydney Harbor across the Tasman Sea into Storm Bay and up the Derwent River to Hobart. For more information, browse to

PostHeaderIcon OCS

an initialism for “on the course side.” The scoring abbreviation used to indicate that, at a boat’s starting signal, some part of her hull, crew, or equipment was on the course side of the start line and she either failed to restart properly or violated Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 rule 30.1. The boat has the maximum points allowed assessed against her when the race is scored using a Low Point System. The maximum points allowed may be different for an individual race than for a race that is part of a series longer than a regatta. See Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 Appendix A11. The applicable Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions may also modify the number of points assessed. Replaced the PMS ruling.

PostHeaderIcon Lefty

a colloquialism for a wind shift to the left or counter-clockwise—the numbers for the true wind compass direction decrease. See also: back. Compare to: righty.

PostHeaderIcon Beam Reach

a point of sail where a boat is sailing at a right angle to the apparent wind; The wind is coming from abeam. A beam reach is the point of sail between a broad reach and a close reach. If a boat is heading towards the 12:00 position and the wind is coming from approximately 3:00 or 9:00, the boat is on a beam reach. She is flying an asymmetrical spinnaker, Code Zero, Jib-top Reacher or symmetrical spinnaker, or her jib is eased considerably and her boom is set about half way to leeward. See also: barber hauler and reaching sheet.

PostHeaderIcon End-over-end

describes when a boat tumbles forward with her stern passing over the top of her bow. Usually happens when a boat is surfing down the face of a wave, loses control, and buries her bow at the bottom of the wave. The force of the wind combined with the boat’s forward momentum causes her to flip. Often a catastrophic event. Also known as an endo or pitchpoling. See also: down-the-mine and going over the handlebars.

PostHeaderIcon Lazy Guy / Lazy Sheet

a non-loaded control line that is run for later use. Examples are a lazy spinnaker afterguy, a non-loaded spinnaker afterguy that is rigged and connected to a spinnaker’s clew that carries an active spinnaker sheet; a lazy spinnaker sheet, a non-loaded spinnaker sheet that is connected to a spinnaker’s tack that carries a working spinnaker guy; and a lazy jib sheet, a non-loaded jib sheet that is on a boat’s weather side and that is connected to a jib’s clew that is being controlled by a working jib sheet on the boat’s leeward side. A lazy sheet is also referred to as a weather sheet. Compare to: working guy / working sheet.

PostHeaderIcon Aneroid Barometer

an instrument which indicates atmospheric pressure. The amount of pressure is shown on a dial or indicator. Aneroid barometers should be permanently mounted and carefully set to the station pressure reported by the local National Weather Service. The most important information gleaned from a barometer is the current pressure reading compared to recent changes in pressure.

PostHeaderIcon Drifter

1) Winds so light that a boat under sail cannot maintain steerage. See also: becalmed, parked up and zephyr. 2) A deep-draft headsail made from lightweight material, used when reaching or running in light air. See also: Code 0, light sails and windseeker.

PostHeaderIcon L Flag

When flown ashore, the International Code Flag “L” (two opposing blacks squares and two opposing yellow squares) means a notice to competitors has been posted. When the L Flag is displayed on a stationary committee boat it means that competitors should come within hailing distance—usually so they can check-in. An L flag displayed from a moving committee or signal boat means that competitors should follow that boat—often because the starting area is being relocated. In this instance, the “L” flag is known as the ‘Follow Me’ flag.

PostHeaderIcon Blade Jib

a high aspect ratio, non-overlapping headsail used in moderate breeze, i.e., a tall, thin jib. A blade often has a high-cut foot, and battens to support the leech. A blade jib also needs a more inboard sheeting angle than a genoa, so you will generally need a separate pair of jib tracks positioned farther forward and closer to the boat’s centerline to achieve optimum sail shape. Sometimes used interchangeably with HWJ, #3, #4 and Solent Jib.


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